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Old 11-06-2008, 07:13 PM
Son of Godzilla

This is part 5 of 29 of the Adam J. Hakari/Count Chocula GODZILLA retrospective. We will be reviewing all of the Godzilla flicks over the next few weeks/months/years. For the sake of convenience, the films will not be reviewed in chronological order. Hey, we're just two losers doing a lot of writing for free, so don't expect brilliant journalism. Okay, enough bullshit. Sit back and enjoy...



I have probably seen Son of Godzilla 100 times. It was one of the first films that my family purchased on VHS. That’s a big deal. I can’t confirm it, but it may have also been the first genre film that I watched as a budding gore-guzzler. That’s a big deal, too. Son of Godzilla will always occupy a special place in my corroded heart. Most Toho scholars regard this kid-friendly monster mash as one of the weaker Showa showings. It’s true that Son was geared towards prepubescent consumers, and Godzilla him(her?)self does look silly in this one. I simply don’t care. The film delivers pure entertainment. I will defend it to my grave, or at least to the end of this review.

A team of meteorologists (or something...they’re definitely “ists”) on a remote island study climate control. They experiment with weather balloons in an attempt to regulate extreme temperatures. A meddlesome journalist and an island native interfere with the barometrical research, but they are the least of the scientists’ worries. The island is teeming with monsters. We encounter a 10-foot praying mantis within the first few minutes. None of the characters are fazed by the aberration, even when they spot a cluster of Zilla-sized insects. Apparently, Japanese people were seriously jaded by this point, and you can’t blame them. This is the eighth G-pic, after all.

The colossal mites (named either Gimantis or Kamacuras, depending on the version you’re watching) dig up a monstrous egg from the anhydrous ground. Of course, the egg hatches. The son of Godzilla is born! Here again, the creature is known by multiple names, but I will refer to him as Minya. I’m going to lose a casketload of credibility with this paragraph, but I can’t help it. Minya is adorable! He’s so fucking cute! I loved the relationship between Godzilla and his little bundle of joy. Coo as Minya learns how to breathe fire; giggle as Minya learns how to roar; let out an effeminate “aww” as Minya cries for his daddy (mommy?). Maybe I’m a pussy, but I had fun with this flick’s domestic tendencies.

Luckily, Son puts out in the action department. This flick contains some of the best monster fights in any kaiju corrivalry. We get bodyslams, disembodied mantis tibias (check Wikipedia), pyrotechnics galore, strategic web-spinning, and more pyrotechnics. The web-spinning comes courtesy of Kumonga, a giant spider. The creature effects are magnificent. With the exception of Godzilla and Minya, the inhuman creations are manipulated by strings. I was pleasantly surprised to see how well the battle sequences have held up over the years. Plus, we are treated to unique monsters instead of having to settle for the usual suspects (Mothra, King Ghidorah, etc.). I have nothing against the usual suspects, but there are only so many ways to behead a three-headed serpent.

The pace is brisk, especially for a Godzilla movie. The dialogue-driven subplots are kept to a minimum. Watching Son of Godzilla is like watching hot chicks have a pillowfight on top of you. It’s easy. If I could only use one word to describe this genre-linking circus, that word would be FUN. The only real downside is Godzilla’s appearance. The suit sags, and what’s with the “big, wide, American” eyes? Sorry, I couldn’t resist. I can understand why most sci-fi/horror purists laugh this entry off as chintzy fluff, but it put a dumb smile on my face. When it comes to Toho productions, that’s all you can ask for.

MY RATING: *** 1/2 (out of ****)


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Old 11-06-2008, 08:35 PM
I will never argue that the effects for this era of Godzilla are definitely at their peak and Kumonga (the giant spider) is a personal favorite of mine. My biggest gripes go to the supposed son of Godzilla, which would only partially resemble Godzilla if I was very, very, very, very drunk, and that this is one of those movies that features the 123 billionth "greatest scientist in his/her field" schtick. There aren't 50 billion great scientists just sitting around in Japan waiting for monsters to strike Toho! Get with it! But still, fun movie.
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Old 11-06-2008, 10:00 PM
Oh man, I remember renting this one as a kid and loving it. I really, really need to see it again. Its been years. I remember asking my mom to rent it for me again and she got this and Godzilla's Revenge mixed up. Needless to say I was a pissed off 7 year old. Even as a little kid I thought Godzilla's Revenge sucked giant lizard dick.
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Old 11-06-2008, 11:24 PM
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Oh man, I remember renting this one as a kid and loving it. I really, really need to see it again. Its been years. I remember asking my mom to rent it for me again and she got this and Godzilla's Revenge mixed up. Needless to say I was a pissed off 7 year old. Even as a little kid I thought Godzilla's Revenge sucked giant lizard dick.
GODZILLA'S REVENGE is actually coming up soon on my reviewing block, but I did buy the fancy-schmancy, ALL MONSTERS ATTACK edition, so I'll be looking at the original Japanese version.
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Old 11-07-2008, 07:42 AM
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Old 11-07-2008, 08:04 AM
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GODZILLA'S REVENGE is actually coming up soon on my reviewing block, but I did buy the fancy-schmancy, ALL MONSTERS ATTACK edition, so I'll be looking at the original Japanese version.
God, do I feel sorry for you. Easily the worst Godzilla film ever made. Why it didn't end up on MST3K when two fairly watchable entries (Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster and Godzilla vs. Megalon) did will always be a mystery to me.
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Old 11-07-2008, 05:47 PM
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Im going to lose a casketload of credibility with this paragraph, but I cant help it. Minya is adorable! Hes so fucking cute! I loved the relationship between Godzilla and his little bundle of joy. Coo as Minya learns how to breathe fire; giggle as Minya learns how to roar; let out an effeminate aww as Minya cries for his daddy (mommy?). Maybe Im a pussy, but I had fun with this flicks domestic tendencies.

I'm with you all the way, Dommykins. My girlishness takes over every time I watch little baby Godzilla trying to learn how to do stuff. <3
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Old 11-16-2008, 06:56 PM
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The horror! THE HORROR!!!
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Old 02-09-2012, 08:36 AM
I actually really enjoyed this entry in the Gozira series. It certainly wasn't as good of a film as the original or Raids Again, but it was campy in all the right ways. The characters were fun, the monsters were well made (aside from the titular beasts themselves, ironically) and the story was very followable. I feel as if this film balanced the human drama with the men-in-suits wrestling scenes much better than other films such as The Three-Headed Monster and Mechagodzilla. It all worked very well, even for a kid-friendly film such as this, and The Son of Godzilla was much, much less irritating than that damn...



I actually felt bad for the little bugger when Godzilla practically neglected the hatchling. I'd love a little baby 'Zilla!!

I'd have to give this film a 3/4, because it was very watchable and fun. It was of course cheezier than a rat's den and by no means frightful by any measure, but I liked it all the same.

PS: Congrats to me!! I am now crowned a Super Schmoe (again)!!
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Old 02-09-2012, 01:00 PM
I much prefer the Heisei's Baby/Godzilla Jr. from Mechagodzilla II to Destoroyah over Minya or Godzooky.


Seriously, cute and sensible as a Godzillasaurus baby and juvenile. Just one of the many ways the Heisei series was so very rewarding when I was maturing. The fact that Final Wars brought back Minya is one of that film's biggest flaws.

I just bought Son of Godzilla for my son, since Sony's DVD (well, all of their Show DVD's) is out of print now and I found it for 10 bucks. I look forward to watching it with him after we finish enjoying the shit out of the 1966 Ultraman series.
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